BOARD OF DIRECTORS2020-03-06T16:49:30+00:00

Joe Lewis – Board Chairman

A member of the King County Sheriff’s Office for over 35 years, Joe has worked more than 15 years as a police officer and detective with the Sheriff’s Office. Joe was promoted to Sergeant just prior to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which caused partial blindness in both eyes, effectively ending his ability to serve in that role.

Highlights of Joe’s career include the rank of Master Police Officer and many years as a Narcotics Investigator. Joe was able to overcome his disability and transition back into the Sheriff’s Office non-commissioned professional ranks as a Program / Project Manager and Grant Administrator.

For the past 15 years, Joe performed a broad range of duties leading to the acquisition of nearly 150 federal and state grant awards totaling approximately $50 million. Joe has a BA from the University of Washington. He has been married 32 years and has two grown boys. He remains active in his church, and serves as mentor.

Rosalynn Sumners – Marketing / Public Relations

Rosalynn is a former three-time US National Champion, World Champion, and the 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist in women’s figure skating. In her 20-year professional career, she was a charter member of Scott Hamilton’s Stars on Ice tour and performed with the company for 13 consecutive years.

She served as a figure skating analyst for NBC, CBS, Turner, and USA Network. Rosalynn was a corporate spokesperson for Nu Skin, Campbell’s Soup, Corn Flakes, and John Hancock, to name a few. She was inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2001.

Rosalynn grew up in Edmonds, Washington and continues to live in the Pacific Northwest, where she spends her time supporting philanthropic causes.

Patrick Arpin – Secretary

Patrick Arpin was hired by the Bellevue Police Department in 1988.  For the past 30 years Patrick has served the Bellevue community in a variety of ways including; Patrol and Bicycle Officer, Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Special Details Unit, an original member of the Special Enforcement Team (SET), and 19 years on the Hostage Negotiations Team.

As he promoted through the ranks he held assignments in Patrol, the Office of Professional Standards, Investigations, Administrative Services, and served as the SWAT commander.  He was promoted to Deputy Chief in August, 2016, and subsequently became the department’s first Assistant Chief of Police.

He currently serves on the Board of the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club and is the Command staff representative on the BPD LGBTQI Advisory Board.  Patrick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Society and Justice from the University of Washington and is a recent graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 264.

Mary Gale – Event Coordinator

Mary has thirty years of professional event management experience, with expertise in the creation, planning, and implementation of corporate recognition programs and employee events . Her experience includes sales incentives, incentive travel, sales meetings, executive meetings, employee morale events, gala ceremonies, conferences, and employee recognition programs.

She worked for McCaw Communications for 15 years and then AT&T for 10 years followed by a career at Expedia for 8 years.  Mary grew up in Idaho and has a B.S. in Business from the University of Idaho.

She moved to the Seattle area after college and currently resides in Kirkland with her husband of over 30 years. Retiring from the corporate world in 2017, she now devotes her time to her cabi business and philanthropic causes.

Claire Thornton – Board Member

Claire graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and went on to Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Originally an environmental attorney, Claire happened upon an opportunity to work for a judge in 2000 and was surprised by how much she loved working directly with the public and in a courtroom. When the judge retired, Claire was hired by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she spent the last 15 years.

Claire’s last five years as a prosecutor were spent in the Juvenile Division, which is where she was first introduced to Escape to Peace (ETP). Quickly impressed by the incredible work that ETP did with several girls on Claire’s caseload, she immediately became a devoted supporter of ETP and is now proud to have been appointed to the Board of ETP in 2019.

Claire Thornton, born in Seattle to British parents and raised mainly in Bellevue, spent a few formative and interesting years in Reno, Nevada during middle school and high school. Claire thinks of herself as a true Pacific Northwesterner and is often the only one at any gathering who was actually born in Seattle. In her “spare” time, Claire enjoys cooking, writing, painting, watching seven nieces and nephews grow up way too fast, and volunteering at her husband Greg’s youth art events.


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